Tom Paccioretti shared this video with me a couple days ago of a psychologist giving a talk about her study of successful people; who has the ability to succeed no matter the arena, no matter the circumstances? One characteristic emerged from her studies as a significant predictor of success regardless of IQ, economic or cultural differences. That characteristic is grit.
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit has stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out.”
This particular TED Talk is much shorter than most because her talk trails off when asked how to teach grit. She answers honestly that she doesn’t know. I’m personally of the belief that most things can be practiced and honed as a skill or habit including something like grit even when science seemingly knows so little on how to build it. Can’t we make an emotional and intellectual shift to set ourselves up to develop determination? Can we develop courage and resolve? Or is grit just something one is born with? I’m ever the optimist in that how we want to live our lives is up to us. We control our thoughts and emotions, which lead to our actions, and if we want better results and a better world then we better practice better thoughts and emotions and actions, day in, day out.
Or does my own inherent grit fuel this optimism?
Max Effort Bench press (BW / ⅔ BW)
Max Effort Pull-ups
And Coming Monday
A) 20 Front squats (95% 20RM)
B) “Tuminello’s Plate Circuit (Minus Lunges)”
5 Circuits for quality
8 Bentover rows
8 Diagonal chops (Right)
8 Diagonal chops (Left)
**Rest 90sec between each circuit**
100m Sandbag carry